Exposing Attacks on Democracy
As demographic changes put non-Hispanic white Americans on the verge of being a minority in the U.S., our country faces historic attacks against the very existence of a multiracial democracy. Our deep, data-driven investigative reporting about voting rights, immigration, the criminal justice system, and the powerful interests behind government decisions draws on the context of history to confront society’s ongoing failure to live up to the promise of “equal protection under the law” and “one person, one vote.”
BY THE NUMBERS
The number of U.S. states that have made access to voting and political representation less equal following the 2020 election.
The number of U.S. citizens prohibited from voting in the 2022 midterm elections due to felony disenfranchisement laws with explicitly racist roots.
The number of public records requests Public Integrity filed to show how lawmakers closed polling places in primarily Black and Latino communities.
In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution included a right to abortion, finding that “nothing could be more fundamental to the notion of liberty.” Just four years later, the court reversed itself. Iowa’s constitution does not, the justices decided, guarantee a right to abortion after all. That 2018 ruling? It had…
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We made public a dataset showing employers the federal government investigated for wrongfully underpaying workers.
Our dataset of polling place locations for multiple years of elections across the country is available to do your own analysis.
Search our Copy, Paste, Legislate tool to see connections between bills proposed in multiple states.
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